One day, as I pondered my love for mashed potatoes, I thought “if regular mashed potatoes are delicious, I wonder what mashed sweet potatoes would be like?” And so was born a new recipe. And what a grand recipe it was!
Super simple to make, mashed sweet potatoes are great served as a healthier* replacement to regular mashed potatoes. Soft, creamy and flavorful, the sweet potatoes are first roasted to bring out the sweetness. Now, the potatoes have plenty of sweetness on their own, so I add only a touch of brown sugar to enhance that sweetness. The addition of the roasted garlic and salt add a savory dimension to the potatoes, giving them that popular salty and sweet flavor combination.
*I say healthier, because these sweet potatoes still have a good helping of cream and butter, as you would expect from me.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash, peel and cut potatoes into 1-2 inch cubes. The smaller the cubes, the quicker they will roast (I guess that’s somewhat obvious).
Roast the potatoes in the oven for 30 minutes. The potatoes are done when they can be easily pierced by a fork or knife.
Mash the potatoes in a bowl along with the butter and roasted garlic cloves. Over mashing the sweet potatoes will leave you with a goopy, gluey mess. Leave some pea to dime sized chunks for some added texture.
Mix in the cream, brown sugar and salt. Adjust the salt to your preference. I find a little extra salt is nice to counteract the sweetness of the potatoes. The balance of salt vs. sweet in these mashed sweet potatoes is the perfect melding of flavors. Best served with a pad of salted butter on top.
While these mashed sweet potatoes are a great complement to any dish, I find them particularly tasty served with pork chops.
Omit or reduce (depending on your definition of healthy) the cream and butter to make a healthier version of these potatoes. Add a couple tablespoons of water to hold the potatoes together if necessary.
Have you ever made or eaten mashed sweet potatoes? How do you like to prepare your sweet potatoes Do you prefer regular russet potatoes or sweet potatoes (yams)?